Netflix’s Bridgerton, based on Julia Quinn’s series of historical romance novels, has taken the nation by storm since its December release. Dubbed Downton Abbey meets Gossip Girl, the regency-era series gives viewers a glimpse into the courting rituals and scandals of high society.
Although the costume drama series is set in London, you may have spotted some landmarks in shots that are most definitely not based on the capital and consequently be wondering where it was filmed. Well, dear readers, we're happy to say that like Lady Whistledown, we have all the answers and can confirm that real life filming occurred across Georgian locations in Bath, Yorkshire, London and more. Read on to find out where your favourite scenes were filmed and how you can see them for yourself.
Warning: Major Bridgerton spoilers ahead.
One of the more recognisable backdrops from the series is Ranger's House in Greenwich, minus the wisteria of course. This 1723 Georgian villa was the residence of the Rangers of Greenwich Park in real life, but houses the Bridgerton family in the series of their namesake.
Interestingly enough, viewers never actually go inside Ranger’s House as the interior of the characters’ home was actually filmed at Halton House in Buckinghamshire, which is known for its beautiful staircase. The impressive country house was built in 1883 for Alfred Rothschild, but now serves as accommodation catering for RAF Halton Officers.
Halton House opens its doors each year as part of National Heritage week, but architecture and artistry lovers can explore the estate virtually on the RAF Halton Facebook page.
No. 1 Royal Crescent, a Palladian-style townhouse, serves as the filming location for all exterior shots of the Featherington family home. As with the Bridgerton residence, which the production team somehow managed to make it seem was situated across the street, the inside is a whole other story (read: building)!
In normal times, you can actually step inside No. 1 Royal Crescent since it is actually a museum that has been restored to look as it would have during the 1776-1796 period.
The stunning Holburne Museum serves as the place of residence for wealthy widow Lady Danbury in Bridgerton. However, you may also recognise it from other dramas, including: Emma, The Crown and Pride and Prejudice.
The museum is currently closed due to lockdown, but opens daily from 10am to 5pm to showcase a wonderful collection of fine and decorative art under normal circumstances.
The exterior of Clyvedon Castle was filmed at Castle Howard, the real-life private estate of the Howard family. The 300-year-old castle was designed by John Vanbrugh, a fact that viewers of ITV’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire will be well aware of after a contestant decided to take the money instead of gambling for the chance to win £250k.
Due to the current Lockdown in England, Castle Howard’s gardens and catering outlets are currently closed. However, once the restrictions are lifted, visitors will be encouraged to explore the Baroque style stately home and its grounds.
The interior of Clyvedon was filmed at Badminton House in South Gloucestershire, North Mymms Park in Hatfield, and Wilton House in Salisbury.
The Double Cube Room in Wilton House, the 450+ year old family home of the Earls of Pembroke, was the perfect backdrop for Queen Charlotte’s throne room thanks to its ivory and gold furnishings, Cavalier D'Arpino-painted ceiling and intricate wall carvings. This setting is first introduced in episode one, where the debutantes in the series are formally introduced to the monarch at the beginning of the social season. King George III chambers and parlour were also filmed at this location.
Wilton House and its Grounds are closed for essential maintenance and restoration works at present, but guests will be able to book tickets and visit the House and Grounds after Easter 2021.
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